James Cameron’s AVATAR

April 27, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I finally watched the movie, AVATAR, from the mind of James Cameron.  I was hesitant because I figured that it would be 162 minutes of Cameron’s New Age preaching.  After seeing a longer trailer than the one shown prior to the movie’s release, I began to see the storyline and thought it might be interesting.

Ultimately, AVATAR is a movie of the white man pushing out the natives when America was being settled by European settlers.  Of course, Cameron’s story takes place in the future and on the planet Pandora, where the peaceful people called the Navi are settled.

The Navi are tall, bluish people who have this idyllic world in which strange animals exist, trees and plants glow and there is a specific harmony among all creatures, for the most part.

The movie begins with the the “white” settlers from planet Earth moving into take over aspects of Pandora for a particular ore that exists on that planet.  It brings more than top dollar when brought back to Earth, so this outer space endeavor needs to happen because of the corporate greed here on Earth.

Of course, the military is involved and as usual, seen as the bad guy.  Cameron does a good deal of preaching in this story that he wrote.  However, all he did was create characters and use the same white man settler against the native American, but moved it to the far flung future on a paradise called Pandora.  Starting from that point, the story probably wrote itself.

Some of the things were fairly interesting.  The military personnel, working with scientists, were able to create these beings that resembled the Navi, down to their height and color.  The human counterpart would get into a machine, go into some type of suspended animation, and literally live inside that particular AVATAR that was made for him or her.  Once inside their AVATAR, they could enter Pandora as one of the Navi and hopefully, be accpted by them.

This was the plan anyway, and for the most part, it worked.  This was until our main character’s moral fiber took over.  He then realized that the military did not care about anything except getting the mission done.  It did not matter how many innocent Navi were hurt or killed and it also did not matter how destructive they were to Pandora.  The only thing that mattered was getting it done, and getting back for dinner.

Toward the latter half of the movie, the New Age teachings come to the fore big time.  Here, we are introduced to the Navi version of Mother Earth, who connects to all creation on Pandora and speaks to and through them.  This harmony, once broken by the invading forces, is fought for by Pandora’s Mother Earth herself.  Can you guess what happens?

What I find fascinating are people like James Cameron.  They seem to want nothing more (or less) than a Marxist Socialism in this world, because they mistakenly believe that original sin and the fallen nature of humanity is a myth.  If it is a myth, then all would be well if the wealth was equally distributed among all citizens.

The funny thing is though, it is a fact that when Socialism has its way, the rich get richer and the middle class is completely eliminated, leaving only the poor – all of whom are on the same level.  Who then controls things?  The rich of course.

Cameron is rich, certainly by my standards.  His bleeding heart New Agism seems to have nothing but disdain for the white settler who pushed out the natives centuries ago.  What would Cameron like us to do, give it all back?  If so, where would he be now.  He has made his fortune because of the freedom that capitalism allows.  If this country was a Socialist, where would he be?

This seems to be the same thing that Kevin Costner “preached” in his “Dances with Wolves” movie.  We never hear in these movies how bad Native Americans were to one another.  It’s always how bad the settlers were to the Native American.

I’m not trying to softsoap it, or ignore the realities, because the situation that did exist when settlers came over was abominable in many respects.  However, not all settlers were involved in it and it is not as if all Native Americans were free from prejudices and had never gone to war with other tribes.

All of this serves to point out that all people are fallen.  For all the preaching this and other movies do, the Native Americans were not perfect.  They knew what war paint was, and they had weapons (not just to use against animals either).  Beyond this, while on the positive side of things, they only took what they needed from the land and animal kingdom, their worship of nature was nothing more than idolatry.

This theme runs through the movie, AVATAR.  As stated, it is nothing more than the new settler, pitted against the settled, with tragic consequences.  I read in one report that many people were suffering from a type of depression after seeing AVATAR.  Who knows how true that was, as it could have very easily been nothing but PR.  The camera work, the digital work – all of it – was certainly strking in the movie.  From an actor’s perspective, I would have hated acting in the scenes that were “on” Pandora, simply because they were shot on a sound stage, with blue and green screens, with actors wearing motion capture suits.  Give me an onstage play any day!

Characters in the movie are strong, sometimes to a fault.  There were some which were difficult to accept.  Michelle Rodriguez, who was shuttled off “LOST” shortly after her DUI on Oahu (coincidence?), and later “came out” touting her lesbian lifestyle, plays a hardened copter pilot.  Though tough as nails, she has a soft heart when the military moves in and starts blowing up the landscape and people of Pandora.  It is just difficult to take her seriously as a tough person.  Give anyone a gun and they seem tough (although we know it’s really the gun doing the talking), but take the gun away and you’re left with someone who comes across as someone who wants to be seen as tough, but just doesn’t quite make it.

All this aside, if it is possible to watch AVATAR as simply a fantasy movie, then that is the way to see it.  I wonder though how many of us can watch a movie like AVATAR, and be able to completely ignore all the New Age references?  Once you realize what is going on, you are pulled out of the movie because that “4th wall” is gone.

All in all, AVATAR did not leave me depressed as if I really wanted to be there.  It is an interesting movie, but with its overemphasis on New Age, and its attempts to show the white settler and the military in the worst possible light, the message of the movie is all too obvious.  I’ve known for a while that Cameron has no love loss with Christianity.  It was not that long ago that he found an ossuary in which he claimed were the remains of Jesus of the Bible.  This, claimed Cameron, also proved that Jesus had been married and had children.  Rather than retract anything later on, he simply buried it and does not discuss it any longer.

AVATAR is a movie that took a great deal of money to make, with all the special effects and digital compositing.  The disc jewel case insert boasts that “…James Cameron’s AVATAR [is] the greatest adventure of all time.”  I would strongly disagree with that assessment.  There have been other movies that are by far, greater in scope and adventure than this one; the Lord of the Rings trilogy for one.

AVATAR is a decent movie, for what its worth, but as stated, the obvious references inserted into the film by Cameron become annoying.  Since I don’t worship Mother Earth, and I’m not a New Ager, then you can hopefully see why this became an annoyance to me. 

Wonder what Cameron’s next movie will be, a “re-imagining” of Jesus Christ?

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